Australian Alumni

    CMC Alumni Association of Australia



Dr. Mahiban Thomas


0401 116 199
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Dr. Meshach Kirubakaran

0400 147 581

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Dr. Abdul Lathif


0402 842 709
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Message From the President – Mahiban Thomas

Dear Fellow Alumni of the greatest Medical College in the universe,

Allow me to wish each of you, and every member of your family a safe and blessed 2019.

Allow me to commence this report with a note on Gathering Of The CHristian Medical College Australian Alumni that was held in 2018. This was the 14th meeting of this group.

We had a wonderful and a very vibrant meeting in Uluru and Alice Springs this year, running from the 27th to the 30th of September; the hosts, Dr Isaac Muthiah and Dr Lakshmi were absolute stars, with detailed and careful preparation, taking care of each person attending with love and incredible personal touches.

We gathered officially for a scientific session on the 27th at the Lungata room Sails in the Desert, Uluru, at 1500.

We commenced with the lighting of a Memorial Candle by the eldest Alumni in the room (Dr Chandran Savarirayan), and a reading of Psalm 91 and the names of the Alumni who had passed on through the previous 12 months (Dr Mani Rajagopalan).
The talks scheduled for that afternoon covered the management of skin cancers (Dr Bishaka Rajagopalan, Dermatologist), the hot topic of faecal transplants (Dr Steven Bollipo, Gastroenterologist), the management of diabetic eye disease (Dr Nitin Verma, Ophthalmologist), and on the renal services at Central Australia (Dr Sajiv Cherian, Nephrologist). It was very well received, and greatly enjoyed buy all present, with extended discussions following each discourse. With 60 Alumni and their families present, and with the spirit of the GBs in CMC ruling, with no holds barred, it made for an interesting start to the meeting!

However, I can assure you that the discussion over dinner that evening was almost universally limited to shit…..

We were able to enjoy the Field of Lights show that was in place in Uluru that evening. It was magical, and I am sorry that any of our pictures cannot do it much justice.

The next morning, we met early, at the foot of Uluru, and had a Communion Service; the quiet, cool desert air, the atmosphere of seeking Christ and finding Him, lovely singing, a message that built us towards the messages that followed over the next two mornings as well, and a simple communion, with some bread and port – were all enjoyed by the large group that attended. Rev Mal Sercombe, who is the senior pastor at the Darwin Baptist Church, and the current Baptist Bishop for the NT, was doing his second year as our spiritual guide, and was warmly welcomed. Isaac and Lakshmi’s planning and providence was on show, with packed breakfast for all provided there!

While a few of us flew to Alice, most of us drove there that morning. We spent that evening at the Parrtjima Festival at Alice Springs, and many of us were seen enjoying the wares at the Hanuman Restaurant at the Hilton Hotel in Alice, which was were the vast majority stayed.

The next morning, we had a devotional that was extremely well attended, and this was followed by another scientific session. This consisted of wide-ranging talks again, covering Head & Neck Infections, the challenges of establishing a renal service in Central Australia and its current challenges, the interesting linkages between genetics and sin, and lastly an update on the management of chronic pain. Again, the questions flew thick and fast, and a lively session was halted only to permit the Annual General Body Meeting to occur.
The AGM happened over a delicious lunch, and routine business was conducted. The body agreed to continue close relationship and engagement with colleagues and friends who were alumni of CMC Ludhiana, without any formal membership in the CMC Vellore’s Alumni group.

A visit to Simpson’s Gap was thoroughly enjoyed by all that afternoon.
We had our Alumni Dinner that evening and get to know each other a lot more! Following on from last year, we now have almost 60 members our WhatsApp group, and would welcome fellow Alumni to become a member, as we plan our next GOTCHA at Bali! Dr Isaac has enjoyed the role of establishing this meeting, and he will continue to be the Coordinator and host in 2019.

Ideally, this will be a holiday as well as a reunion, with plans to meeting there as early as the 22nd of September 2019, and finishing up with a Communion Service on the 29th of September 2019. Details of this meeting are available from either Dr Isaac ([email protected]) or from me. Ideally, if you can join the WhatsApp group, you will enjoy the conversation and will be kept fully aware of the plans.

It will certainly be child friendly, and I am hopeful that we will also get it CME approved, which will make it tax deductible.

As we continue to minister, let our light shine in 2019. Some of you will be aware that Dr Mohan Rao was awarded the OAM in 2018; there are many who serve with the devotion and care that we associate with our alma mater, and I pray that we will continue to be a blessing to many.

Mahiban Thomas



Australian Alumni Gathering

G O T C H A 

14th Annual Gathering  – 2018

Alice Springs, Northern Territory

Thursday 27th – Sunday 30th September , 2018



15th  Alumni Gathering

Australian Alumni Association – GOTCHA

Bali , Indonesia

September 27 – 29th, 2019

Please keep the dates free 

Plan to come a few days earlier

Organisers: Drs. Isaac Muthiah & Lakshmi
(Batch 1971)

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CMC Alumni Association

Medical Alumni Reunion 2018

9th to 11th August 2018
at CMC Vellore.


The Medical Alumni Reunion was held from 9th to 11th August 2018 with participation from over 250 alumni from various parts of the world. The special batches were 1943, 1948, 1953, 1958, 1958-59, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988 and 1993. As part of the Centenary Year celebrations, a photograph exhibition was organised which was inaugurated by Dr. Sethu Bhaskaran (1942). Dr. J.V. Peter, Director released the song book “100 Years of Campus Music” and Dr. Joyce Ponnaiya received the first copy. On 10th August 2018 the celebrations commenced with the representatives of the special reunion batches sharing their experiences with the medical students. The alumni who spoke included Dr.Sethu Bhaskaran (1942), Dr. Razia Doshi (1958), Dr. Uma Khanduri (1963), Dr. Ajit Varki
(1968), Dr. Solomon S. Chelliah (1973), Dr. Monika Bhola (1978), Drs.Darly Mathew and Thelma Suresh (1983), Drs. Premkumar Mony and Madulika Jonathan (1988), Drs. Divyan Paul Pancharatnam and Anita Victor(1993). This was followed by a CME session for which the speakers were Dr. Bala Venkatesh (1978), Dr. Pramod David Jacob (1983) and Dr.R.Giridharan (1993). The highlight of the evening was the ‘First Inter-House Alumni Music and Dance Programme’ that involved medical students, post graduate students, junior and senior staff, alumni who had superannuated and extramural alumni spanning over fifty years. The evening was magical and electrifying. The fun, interaction and bonds that formed during the practices that went into this event and the final programme far exceeded everyone’s expectations. The General Reunion on 11th August 2018 began with the traditional tree planting ceremony and the Alumni meeting in Scudder Auditorium. Dr.Anna B. Pulimood, Principal released the book “Hundred Years, Hundred Stories”. The first copy was received by Dr. Jacob Abraham.
The Director, Dr. J.V. Peter and the Principal, Dr.Anna Pulimood presented some of the newer developments in CMC to the alumni followed by felicitations by the Medical Superintendent, Dr. Prasad Mathews. The President of the Student’s Association Mr.Paul Timothy Prabhu welcomed the alumni on behalf of the student body. The Alumni Association presented the Alumni Award of Distinction to Dr. Aravindan Nair, in recognition of his immense contribution to CMC. This was followed by the General Body Meeting of the Alumni Association and the special batch introductions and photographs. The alumni proceeded to the Men’s and Women’s Hostels, where the current students, along with the alumni, entertained the crowd. At the Thanksgiving Service, the message was delivered by Dr.Felsie Daniel (1978). The newest batch of alumni (the present interns), were given the charge to serve and not to seek to be served. Dr. Thomas Sen Bhanu (1956) and Dr. Stanley Cecil Macaden (1963) passed on the torch of light to the representatives of the batch of 2013.
Later that evening, Drs. Ashita Singh (1993) and Deepak Singh (PG Alumnus) were honoured with the College Motto Award followed by the informal entertainment, which had the packed Scudder auditorium in splits of laughter. The alumni left with loads of photographs and memories of happy times spent in Vellore.

College Motto Award

Drs. Ashita Singh (1993) and Deepak Singh

Ashita Waghmare joined the Christian Medical College Vellore in the year 1993. Her motivation to do medicine and commitment to Christ was evident through her life and example. Blessed with a wonderful voice, she was a regular member of the college choir. She married Dr. Deepak Singh, who like her, had a heart to serve in needy areas of India. Pursuing their higher studies, Ashita did her MD in General Medicine while Deepak completed MS in General Surgery, both from CMC Ludhiana. After completing their postgraduate studies in the year 2004, they moved to work in Baptist Christian Hospital, Tezpur, Assam. There was a great need for this hospital to be revived. Malnutrition, anaemia, infectious diseases like tuberculosis and malaria were rampant in that region. Challenged and moved by the healthcare situation, they began their work with much prayer. Very soon people from near and far started flocking to the hospital. With excellent surgical skills, Deepak performed both open and laparoscopic surgical procedures. In the year 2006, there was a severe outbreak of cerebral malaria and seeing the enormous need for critical care, Ashita started an Intensive Care Unit.
During their time in Tezpur, the hospital grew leaps and bounds in terms of number of patients, manpower, services, infrastructure, equipment and research. Deepak ably led the hospital as the Medical Superintendent. Many people from surrounding districts and from Arunachal Pradesh came there for treatment. The lab services which were started as a one room facility became a full-fledged three-floor laboratory with services in clinical pathology, biochemistry and microbiology. As many patients presented with acute renal failure, they started peritoneal dialysis services for them. The hospital became well equipped with Ultrasound and CT scan machines. Ashita was part of the team that was instrumental in alerting the government of an outbreak of Japanese Encephalitis. She has published research papers on Acute Undifferentiated Fever and Japanese encephalitis. She was instrumental in starting the DNB training program in Family Medicine in the hospital.
The time they spent in Tezpur from 2004 to 2011 was a testimony of their commitment, hard work and trust in God. During this period, they built a team to run the hospital. Amidst their busy schedule, they ensured they spent quality time with their lovely children Arnav and Tara. Integrating into the community, Arnav went to the local school in Tezpur. In the year 2011, Ashita and Deepak moved to CMC Vellore as Deepak got an opportunity to pursue M.Ch. in Paediatric Surgery, to better equip himself. Ashita worked as a faculty in Medical ICU and further enhanced her knowledge and skills, especially in ICU sonology. The next phase of their life from the year 2014, took them to another rural mission hospital in Chinchpada, Maharashtra. The hospital had all but shut down as there was no full-time doctor there. There were just buildings with insufficient equipment. Ashita and Deepak started their work by praying with the local church leaders and staff. Slowly as the word got around, people started coming to the hospital. Deepak again played the dual role of surgeon and Medical Superintendent, ensuring smooth running of the hospital and obtaining various hospital licenses from local regulatory bodies. Today, due to their sincere dedication and God’s provision, the hospital has a well-equipped Intensive Care Unit, Operation Theatre and diagnostic laboratories. Seeing the desperate need to care for terminally ill patients, who were in pain and many times uncared for, they started the palliative care program, giving them dignity in death and a blessed hope. They partner with churches in the area to improve health education in the community. They are also involved in research and training programs in collaboration with CMC, Vellore. Their trust in God for wisdom, provision and healing was strengthened in Chinchpada. They have inspired and kept the hospital community together by hosting fellowship meals at their home and regular potluck dinners for all sections of the staff. They formed a choir that sang three-part harmony at Chinchpada and Tezpur. Even though geographically far from CMC, Vellore, they continue to influence and inspire students from their Alma Mater in a unique way whenever students from CMC visit the hospital. The students not only have an academic treat at Chinchpada, but also witness great role models in Ashita and Deepak. Working in a remote place with minimal schooling facilities, they recently decided to send their children to a boarding school, a decision taken after much prayer and thought. Both the children have been influenced by their parents’ work that whenever there is a family conversation of moving to a city, the children are very clear that their lives have to be spent in Chinchpada. CMC’s motto of ‘not to be ministered unto but to minister’ is being lived out daily by them. They have been steadfast to their calling and selfless in service. They have made a significant contribution to improve healthcare in the country. Through their life and service, they have been a blessing to so many lives, bringing honour and glory to God. The CMC Alumni Association is proud to present the College Motto Award 2018 to Drs. Ashita and Deepak Singh. Alumni Award citation The Christian Medical College Alumni Association is proud to present the Alumni Award of Distinction 2018 to Dr. Aravindan Nair for his commitment and years of dedicated service to the Christian Medical College, Vellore, and our Alumni, as a staff of CMC and after his retirement. Dr. Aravindan Nair obtained the MBBS degree from Madurai Medical College, and then worked in CMC as a Senior House Officer between 1976 and 1979. He completed his post graduation in General Surgery from the Madurai Medical College, following which he joined the Institution in 1981.
During the 1980s, he mastered a range of general surgical procedures and helped develop the transhiatal esophagectomy, earning a reputation as a highly competent surgeon. He then developed his interest in Endocrine Surgery from his mentor  Dr. A. S. Fenn, using his study leave to train in breast and endocrine surgery in the U.K. Dr. Aravindan used the experience to develop a team approach, functioning smoothly with his medical and laboratory colleagues, to enhance the multidisciplinary care of endocrine and breast cancers and familial tumours. His great commitment to clinical care of patients inspired many students to dedicated clinical service in surgery. His personal touch to the care of patients endeared him to so many families that generations were seen coming to CMC to experience his loving care. Dr. Aravindan promoted clinical and laboratory research and played an active role in the development of subspecialties in the Department of General Surgery. He helped consolidate the annual CME programme run by the Department. He was a very popular teacher in the institution helping generations of students grasp the fundamentals of surgery. He was awarded the Best Teacher Award in 2004 by the MBBS students. He was well known for his spiritual approach to life and many struggling staff and students of CMC have been supported by his all-embracing love and concern. His special concern for sick members of the CMC community, the alumni, retired staff and relatives endeared him to a wide network in the CMC fraternity. His trademark door to door clinical and counselling services were experienced by so many staff in need on the campus and outside. Dr. Aravindan gave freely and completely of his time and energy to the institution and was a source of inspiration to colleagues in promoting its ethos of serving others first. His wife Dr. Sheila Nair (MBBS 1971) and their children Anupama (MBBS 2001) and Adarsh formed a close-knit family and were an integral part of the community. At the Ultimate Lecture given to mark his superannuation, Dr. Aravindan spoke of the many influences in his life and shared his mother’s inspiring injunction ‘to be as patient as mother earth’. Dr Aravindan always exhorted the students to make use of the great learning opportunities provided to them in the Institution and imbibe the work culture enshrined in its motto. The Alumni Association joins the CMC community in thanking Dr. Aravindan Nair for his immense contribution to the Christian Medical College, its patients, staff, students, and to those in need of love and kindness through his exemplary characteristics of integrity, high level of commitment and compassion, and is proud to honour him with the Alumni Award for the year 2018.

Alumni Reunion Photos 2018


 Minutes of the Alumni AGM

August 11th, 2018
held at Scudder Auditorium
CMC Vellore

scudder auditorium


The Annual General Body Meeting held on 11th August 2018
Special batches represented: 1953, 1958, 1958-59, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988 and 1993.

Meeting Chaired by: Dr. Abraham Peedicayil, President of Alumni Association

1. A minute silence was observed in remembrance of alumni who had passed on in the previous year.

2. Reports of the Secretary and Treasurer
Dr. Vinod Joseph Abraham, Secretary presented the minutes of the Annual General Body meeting held on 12th August 2017 which had been circulated prior to the meeting. As there were no questions or issues raised, the minutes were passed.
Dr. Vinod Joseph Abraham presented the Secretary’s report which was circulated earlier by mail, and Dr. Anne Jennifer Priscilla presented the Treasurer’s report which was circulated during the meeting. As there were no questions regarding these reports, these were passed by the General Body.

3. Networking with PG Alumni & developing the PG Alumni database
The alumni were updated on the progress made with regard to networking and communication with the PG alumni. The various departments with medical post graduate courses had been contacted and one or two individuals from each department has been requested to help in updating the database of PG alumni. The Alumni office had also made an additional effort to update the PG database after each department’s reunion/CME. In spite of this, there are still a large number of PG alumni whose contact details are not available. Several senior alumni shared how their departments had updated their databases. The alumni office would continue to work through the various departments.
Some of the additional suggestions towards this were:
– To get the contact details from the various Post graduate students before they leave CMC following their exams either directly from the various departments or from the office of the Vice Principal for Postgraduates.
Dr. P Zachariah (1949) suggested that the General Body pass a resolution to enable the Executive committee to enlist the help of staff in various departments to facilitate the inclusion of more post graduate alumni in the alumni database. This was seconded by Dr. Ajit Singh (1963)

4. Medical alumni – Health Care Assistance Fund
A full description of the Medical alumni – Health Care Assistance Fund / Alumni Distress Fund was presented by Dr. Thomas Ponna Thurairatnam (1973). The alumni were informed of the target of 1 crore and the current collection of about 15 lakhs. The various efforts to raise this corpus were described. Suggestions were sought from the floor.
Dr. Rabinder Boaz (1974) asked for a clarification on eligibility with specific reference to those working under difficult circumstances in urban areas.
Dr. Vinod Abraham clarified the eligibility –
? CMC Medical graduates who have completed an undergraduate or post graduate course
? Should ordinarily have completed 15 years of steadfast and significant service in needy areas, in mission service, or in disadvantaged and under-recognised circumstances, normally within India or in the country of origin.
Dr. Balaji (1993) suggested that we consider an insurance scheme. Although there were apprehensions raised regarding this, the committee has offered to look into this possibility.
Dr. Ashish Chauhan (1993) also suggested looking into the possibility of a group insurance.
Other matters:
Dr. Yap Kannan Ruben (1993) suggested that CMC network more with alumni who are in places where further training of its staff could be given.

5. Alumni reunion 2019
The dates for the next Alumni Reunion were confirmed – August 8th – 10th, 2019.
Special batches for reunion 2019 – 1944, ’49, ’54, ’59-60, ’64, ’69, ’74, ’84, ‘89, ’94

6. Election of office bearers
The following Alumni were recommended by the Executive Committee for the various posts which needed to be filled:
President – Dr. Abraham Peedicayil (1975) who completed the remaining one year tenure of Dr. Prathap Tharyan (1974) as President for a full three year term (from 2018 – 2021).
Vice President Intramural – Dr. Shyam Kumar (PG Alumnus, Radiodiagnosis) as Vice President Intramural for a period of 3 years (from 2018 – 2021).
Vice President Extramural – Dr. Stanley Macaden (1963) as Vice President Extramural for a period of 3 years (from 2018 – 2021).
Editor – Dr. Abhay Deodas Gahukamble (1995) to complete the remaining unfinished 1 year of Dr. Kishore Pichamuthu (1994) (from 2018-2019)
Entertainment – Dr. Pritish John Korula (1998) as Entertainment Secretary for a second term of 1 year (from 2018 – 2019).
The above nominations were unanimously approved and passed by the General Body.
Appreciation was recorded for the outgoing members of the Executive Committee:
– Vice President Extramural Dr. Ajit Butt – for his keen interest in and constant support for the activities of the Alumni Association.
– Vice President Intramural Dr. Ramani Manoj – for her ever willingness to help and step in and for facilitating the improvement of the PG database.
– Editor Dr. Kishore Pichamuthu for his help at the time of initiation of the new alumni website.

7. The following were specially thanked:
– All the alumni who had participated and taken on responsibilities for the very successful First Inter-House Alumni Music & Dance Competition.
– The representatives of the special batches for coordinating the various events and activities with their batches.
– All the alumni from batches other than the special batches, particularly the senior alumni for their effort to attend the Reunion.
– Mr. Nirmal the Secretary of the Alumni Office and Mr. Keerthi.
– Dr. Pippa Pavamani for organizing and arranging the Photograph Exhibition and for compiling the book “100 years, 100 stories”.
– Dr. Sunithi Mani Alexander for organizing the Thanksgiving Service.
– Dr. Abraham Peedicayil for his constant guidance and support and always being available.
– Dr. P Zachariah for his constant encouragement and guidance to the Executive Committee.
– Dr. Anne Jennifer for her quiet yet steady involvement in the committee.
– A special word of thanks was made for the entertainment secretary, Dr. Pritish John Korula for the successful conduct of this programme.

The meeting ended with the College Song.
                           Vinod Joseph Abraham, Secretary, Alumni Association.


CMC Alumni Association

News Letter 2018

Dear Friends,

In this Alumni Newsletter we summarize key events involving alumni in 2018.

Many departments in CMC, as well as its extramural and intramural alumni, made notable achievements in 2018. At the end of the year, it is good to review these accolades and celebrate our successes.

This newsletter also lists alumni who passed away in 2018 and whose lives, work, and friendship we honour and cherish.

In 2018, CMC celebrated 100 years of medical education. As part of the celebrations, all batches were invited to the Alumni Reunion on 9-11 August, 2018. We had a programme of inter-house music and dance that was a super hit. Hope to continue this in a smaller scale periodically. We want to compile the stories and achievements of our alumni so please do send information and write-ups to the Alumni Office. We will be grateful if alumni could provide write-ups, pictures, reflections, or obituaries for inclusion in the website:

There were four luminary lectures by Shri Bezwada Wilson, Shri Romulus Whitaker & Ms Janaki Lenin, Shri P Sainath and Shri Gopalkrishna Gandhi. These recordings may be viewed at Celebrations culminated with a colloquium on the Theology of Health and Healing on Founders Day, 9th December 2018.

CMC strives to give the best education by emphasising a holistic approach, placing values at the centre of the healthcare encounter and, promoting prevention and healing rather than just cure.

Christmas is a season of hope, peace and goodwill. We wish you all happiness and fulfilment. As we are at the brink of another new year, let us renew and rededicate ourselves to uphold the motto of our Alma Mater: Not to be ministered unto but to minister. We have an important role in today’s world of greed, deception and superficiality to committed service, promoting peace and alleviating suffering.

Three cheers for the “Silver and Blue”.

With warm regards and best wishes,

Abraham Peedicayil    (1975) – President

Vinod Abraham   (1989) –  Secretary

On behalf of the Office Bearers and staff at the Alumni Office

Newsletter 2018








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